Microsoft will become first major US employer to post salary ranges for ALL job openings


Microsoft will become first major US employer to post salary ranges for ALL job openings in shift to boost transparency for jobseekers

  • Microsoft said on Wednesday that it will publicly post salary range for all jobs
  • Change follows a new law in Washington state to boost transparency
  • Microsoft has vowed to bump compensation as it tries to attract talent

Microsoft is set to become one of the first major US employers to disclose salary ranges for all its job postings in America, in a step to boost transparency for jobseekers.

The move announced on Wednesday follows a new law in Microsoft’s home state of Washington, which will require such disclosures on new job postings starting next year.

A slew of such laws have been recently passed or newly proposed in various states, meaning companies that span multiple jurisdictions may soon make similar moves to disclose salary bands to potential applicants. 

Microsoft said it would start adding salary information to all public and internal job postings starting no later than January 2023.

Microsoft is set to become one of the first major US employers to disclose salary ranges for all its job postings in America

Microsoft is set to become one of the first major US employers to disclose salary ranges for all its job postings in America

Microsoft, which like many companies has struggled to attract top talent in a tight labor market, recently vowed to boost merit raises and stock awards.

The new salary disclosure law in Washington follows a similar one in Colorado. New York City recently adopted such a measure, which is expected to take effect in November.

In California, employers are required to disclose salary upon request after an initial interview. Massachusetts has advanced a similar bill that would require salary disclosure on request.

Some of the rules conceivably apply to remote work that could be done in the jurisdiction where they apply, meaning salary disclosure is likely to become widespread. 

In related moves, Microsoft also said on Wednesday it will stop enforcing existing non-compete clauses in the United States, while also committing to a civil rights audit of its workforce policies in 2023.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is seen above. New laws in several states mean that salary disclosures are likely to become much more widespread in coming years

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is seen above. New laws in several states mean that salary disclosures are likely to become much more widespread in coming years

The Redmond, Washington-based software firm said changes to the enforcement of non-compete clauses would not apply to the company’s most senior leadership.

Microsoft added the civil rights audit of its workforce policies and practices would be conducted by a third party and a report would be published.

It would also no longer include confidentiality language in its U.S. settlement and separation agreements that prohibits workers from disclosing conduct they perceive as illegal.

The company had last week said it would not resist unionization efforts from its employees in a sign of growing receptiveness in the tech sector that has been for long unconcerned about organized labor.

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